Are you an optimistic person? Or are you a pessimistic person? I have found that there are many pessimistic people that will “say” they are optimists, not because they are lying, but because they truly believe that they are optimists. I have also found that it is not necessary to even ask the question, because if you listen closely to what they say in their everyday conversations, it will very quickly become obvious which of the two they actually are.
Here’s a tip in case you’re not sure. If much of their conversation is about problems and how bad things are, you can bet they fall into the “P” category. Of course, even optimistic folks talk about problems sometimes too, but usually they are searching for a solution to them. We are all problem solvers. That’s what we do. It’s how we serve others and make our livings. Most of us get paid to solve problems whether it be making cars on an assembly line or directing traffic on a street corner.
Optimistic people believe that every problem has a solution, even if they don’t like the one’s available. And when that happens, some of them see that as an opportunity to create a better solution.
Jesus gave us this tip in Matthew 12 when He said “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
Start to pay attention to your own everyday conversations. Are you talking about the negative stories you’re seeing on the news? Or are you talking about how you can help or solve the problems in the lives of the people that you touch? God never intended us to solve all the problems in the world, but He does expect us to do what we can in the lives of those people that we DO touch, and if we do, we’ll be doing our part to make the world a better place.
If you are a little more of a pessimist than you’d like to be, you might want to continue visiting this site regularly, but I want you to know upfront that I intend to convert you to optimism. 🙂
You can start by re-reading Joel’s Quote of the day because optimists believe in their heart that:
Their Greatest victories Are Still Out in Front of Them;
That No Person, No Obstacle, No Challenge
Can Keep Them From Their Destiny;
and That God Knows How to Get Them
Where They’re Suppose to Be.
If you find your self thinking about things that upset you,
you might want to remind yourself of:
1 Peter 5:7
Give ALL your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
Or Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
Or Matthew 11:28 New International Version (NIV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
and you’ll be an optimist in no time!
Have a great day!